Sherlock Jr. (1924)
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as Projectionist/Sherlock, Jr.
as The Girl
as The Rival
as The Girl's Father/Man on Film Screen
as The Hired Man/The Butler
as The Mother
as Theater Manager/Gillette
as Candy Store Woman
Critic Reviews for Sherlock Jr.
Keaton's appreciation of the formal paradoxes of the medium is astounding; his observations on the relationship between film and the subconscious are groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too.
Keaton's third feature under his own steam is an incredible technical accomplishment, but also an almost Pirandellian exploration of the nature of cinematic reality.
A master of movement and stillness, Keaton developed a comedy style that was as intellectual as it was physical, and this small gem shows us why he's as purely American a film genius as the motion pictures have produced.
The unexpected, fantastic dream situations lend themselves to some remarkable trick effects, including one in which Buster walks right out of an audience and into a picture on the screen.
Sherlock Jr. is notable for a series of scintillating, near-inexplicable stunts, Keaton's characteristically dexterous and deadpan performance, as well as for its fat-free rattling-good storytelling and witty intertitles.
Audience Reviews for Sherlock Jr.
Simply a marvel of ideas and execution, Keaton's imagination alone is a bullet ride across The Twilight Zone and The Wizard Of Oz at the same time. Breathtaking work. That it's a comedy is only the cherry on top.
I'd never watched any real silent films before, because I feared that if I did the film would be outdated in its humor and wouldn't warrant that many laughs out of me. But man did this film blow away my expectations, this is one of the funniest films I've seen In my whole life. Now the only real comedies that make me burst out laughing every 5 minutes are usually Jim Carrey films, but this film I burst out laughing every 5 seconds. The pool scene is one of the most tension building scenes ever put in film, but is also very funny to watch. I never thought I would recommend a silent film, but this film is a must for comedy fans and fans of silent comedies.
A great movie all the more remarkable due to the technique employed and how Keaton could pull off a number of risky stunts without getting killed - and his huge care is evident in a hilarious billiard scene and a fabulous moment in which he dodges many dangers on a motorcycle.
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